The associate chief operating officer of Eastside Medical Center, Drew Tyrer, advised officials Thursday that the Snellville-based medical company was looking to open a 10-bed emergency facility in Loganville.
“On Aug. 22, we filed a Certificate of Need with the state to build a free standing emergency department in Loganville,” Tyrer told the Loganville mayor and council at the September City Council Meeting. “These are not new, they have been around for about 30 years, but it would be the first of its kind in Georgia.”
Tryer said the 10-bed unit would be staffed 24/7, would have a trauma room, a decontamination room and ambulance bays for EMS rescue and transfer to another facility, if necessary. There would be access to CT scanners and X-ray and it would be an extension of the Eastside Imaging Center already located on Highway 81 in Loganville. If approved, the facility also would bring 38 new health care jobs to the city.
Tryer said they expected to hear back from the state on the CON in about 120 days, which would be about the middle part of December. He was asking for the support of the council and the community in order to boost Eastside’s case with the state.
Loganville Mayor Ray Nunley expressed his support for the facility and Councilman Mike Jones suggested that the city prepare a resolution of support for the October council meeting.